Burn Wood, Baby, Burn. The Incredible Pyrographic Art of Julie Bender.

Pyrographic art hero IIHIH

When I first came across these, I found it so hard to believe they were actually wood burnings. The intricate rendering of texture, the detail and the overall appearance seems as though it’d be virtually impossible to create with a pyrographic tool. Julie Bender has shown me otherwise. Read more

Nonpareil Pet Portrait. One Sweet Beagle Made of 221,184 Colored Sprinkles.

Nonpareil Pet Portrait

What began as a university fine arts project on Pointillism and Georges Seurat by student Joel Brochu, evolved into a remarkable artistic idea. Read more

Tattoos and Tentacles by Julian Murray Captures Inked People with Things That Squirt Ink.

Tattoos and Tentacles by Julian Murray

Tattoos and Tentacles is a new coffee table book featuring a collection of photographs of inked people, wearing very little except their body art, and draped in cephalopods that squirt ink (that’s a fancy way of saying octopus and squid). Read more

Fleabag Photography Lends A Paw With Their Pet Portraits.

Fleabag Pet Photography

There are many talented pet photographers out there, but what charmed me about Fleabag Dog Photography is that a portion of your payment will go to the rescue organization of your choice. Read more

Humane Society’s 3rd Benefit Photo Auction

Humane Society Animal Photo Auction
the above photo by Marco Glaviano is included in the auction

The Humane Society of New York is having their Third Benefit Photography Auction later this month. Read more

The Whimsical Paintings Of Amberlee Rosolowich At The Hespe Gallery

Amberlee Rosolowich Animal paintings

Amberlee Rosolowich
, a recent graduate from San Francisco’s Academy Of Art University, is having her first solo show at the Hespe Gallery this month. Read more

Paul Boddum’s Pet Paintings & Custom Portraits

above: Lucy (1992-2008), Portrait for Ann Rohmer

Paul Boddum (b.1966) is a visual artist based in Toronto. His passion is creating contemporary artworks for people who cherish their dogs and cats. Paul’s inspiration comes from his love of animals and the unique personalities and stories of each pet he paints. Boddum’s paintings are concerned with the idea of dogs being little versions of our ideal companion and the positive effects pets have by enhancing our quality of life.

Paul has done portraits for such animal enthusiasts as Art Smith (chef, author, television personality) one time personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, and Anne Rohmer of CP24 Breakfast Television and Animal House Calls Host. The Pet Network has profiled Paul on two occasions and his artwork has been featured in publications such as the Toronto Star, Style and Home, Canadian House and Home, Boston Herald, and the National Post. He has been exhibited locally and in the US including the Art of the Dog exhibition at Morgan Stanley, California with other nationally recognized animal artists from across North America. In 2002 after showing at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition he began taking orders for private commissions by independent collectors.

Jasper and Cooper:



Paul Boddum studied visual art briefly at York University and in 1989 became a self-taught artist focusing on combining figurative and abstract painting styles. Currently he continues to work on private commissions and original works for future exhibiting.

Molly and Sadie:



Janet and Bug:



The Artist’s Statement:

My paintings address issues of personal identity and my growing up as an adoptee. I’m interested in exploring the effects of the environment one is exposed to and the nurturing of one’s family. My impulse is to paint domestic pets and the transformative bond that forms from the need to be cared for by others.

My early portraits were inspired by a visit to a dog show, photographing the event, and drawing from that energy to produce works that capture the interspecies interactions and personalities on display. Afterwards I created my works using an overhead projector to blow up pictures of dogs from vintage breed books onto canvas in a Pop Art style.


These images confronted the viewer with a familiarity to viewing a human portrait painting like Chuck Close and Andy Warhol. My use of commissioned portraits is a traditional practice that I approach in a contemporary way. I purposely leave the human out of the picture, and declare the pet as family member of equal importance. My paintings are concerned with the idea of dogs being little versions of our ideal companion.


I present the animal as a subject deserving of its recent ascent in society to full blown family member. Dogs are now seen as similar to having a child, they are pampered and nurtured more so than any other time in history. The animal in my recent work is paired with bold abstract expressionist gestures.

My works Autumn (2007) as well as Pampered Puppy (2006) convey the expected details of the animals form, but the background is not treated like a background, it is painted as an extension of the animals.

Pampered Puppy:


Commission Pricing (as of 08/2009):

above: Ferris, the final painting and photograph from which it was painted

16 x 20 inches – $1000
20 x 24 inches – $1100
24 x 30 inches – $1200
30 x 36 inches – $1400
36 x 48 inches – $1800
48 x 60 inches – $2200

(square sizes)
30 x 30 inches – $1200
36 x 36 inches – $1400
48 x 48 inches – $2000

For 2 or more pets, $200. is added to the cost. Larger and custom sized canvases are available.

See more of his work and/or order a custom portrait here.

Other dog art related posts:

•For the Love of Dogs & Art: The Wurstminster Dog Show

•Dogs As Seen By A Dutchman: Maarten Wetsema’s Fab Photos

•Moira McLaughlin: Dog Art, Dog Talk, Dog Videos. Doggone Fun.

Monkeys And Dogs And Bears. Oh My! Jill Greenberg’s Photos

Jill Greenberg’s amazing animal portraits are so expressive, I simply had to share a few of her enormous series with you. I say ‘enormous’ because she literally has over 80 portraits of monkeys to her credit, 40 portraits of bears (Ursine) and tons of dog portraits. I wish I could have shared them all with you, but it’d take about an hour to download. So, instead, I’ve chosen a few of my favorites from her prolific series of work.

As you will see below, she gets more personality from the faces of animals than most photographers do from people.



.. and this beautiful one is Jill’s own dog, Scooter:


If you love these shots as much as I do, you’ll be happy to know that she has publications of both the Monkeys (available on Amazon) and The Bears (Ursine) available directly from the Clampart gallery which sells several of her stunning prints from the Ursine series as well.

Jill and friend:

How does she do it? Well, here you can read an interview with the photographer about her animal portraits by Rosecrans Baldwin for The Morning News

Jill is a hugely successful photographer who uses digital manipulation, illustration and more in her craft. She has shot a lot for the entertainment industry, fashion, celebrity portraits and more. She has won many industry awards and continues to expand her portfolio. Visit her website here.

Above: just some of Jill’s work

Greenberg was born in 1967 in Montreal, Canada. She graduated in 1989 from the Rhode Island School of Design and moved to New York City, where she was based until 2000. She now lives in Los Angeles with her family.